Thursday, May 19, 2016


Title: Wasted Words
Author: Staci Hart
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 19, 2016

Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.

Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.

She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.

Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.

*A romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma*

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(Can't really fit a million stars here)

My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Okay, so a million star review is not really a thing that I do here, but this is my blog and I can do whatever I want. So yeah, A MILLION STARS. 

Can we talk about this couple on the cover and how they are FREAKING. PERFECT. As a romance reader I see pretty people on book covers all the time, but I cannot remember a time when I saw a cover, read the book and thought (in my best Chandler voice) "Those two couldn't BE more perfect!"  I mean...really. Readers have been gushing about these two and I hope it all gets back to them. So props to Staci, Lauren (the amazing photographer) and the gorgeous (real life!!!) about making the book come to life!

While this book is a stand alone, it is a spin off of the Bad Habits series. In the last book, Rose, with the help of Cooper, opens up Wasted Words, the super cool bar/bookstore and Cam is her right hand "man".  Bonus: We not only get the wise Rose, but we also get a little Tricky AND some Lily!  

Cam and Tyler are roommates. He came to Cam as a jilted guy needing a place to live and the two of them became more than just roommates. They couldn't be more different, but they are the best of friends. They watch college football together, Tyler is always at Wasted Words when Cam is working and she has made it her mission to make Tyler into a reader. She is always giving him books to read in the hope that one will hook him. Cam also likes to play matchmaker and after she pushes Tyler toward someone who she think is absolutely perfect for him, they both start to realize that they have been ignoring the obvious. It may have taken a while, but Cam and Tyler take the plunge and the pay off is ridiculously satisfying. 
I decided then that I could kiss Tyler forever.
He broke away again, laying a small kiss on my lips, then my cheek as he cupped the back of my head and tucked me into his chest.
“Wow,” I whispered, unable to form any other coherent thought.
He chuckled, the sound rumbling through his chest. Even sitting on the counter, my head tucked easily under his chin, since he was basically a giant. A giant and a fairy.
I laughed, a small sound, my heart filling with the sound of his heart beating under my ear.
Tyler’s heart.
Tyler had kissed me. Twice.
My smile fell as my brain whirred with questions and doubt and curiosity.
The first question was the easiest. I swallowed, not daring to pull away to see his face. “Why did you kiss me, Tyler?”
“Because I wanted to.”
“For how long?”
“Too long.”His fingers shifted in my hair.
My heart ached. “Why now?”
“Because once I knew I wanted to be with you, I had to do something about it, even if you said you thought we weren’t right for each other. I never believed it, you know. I just thought you didn’t want me. Plus, you said you wanted me to kiss you. I don’t think I could have asked for a more obvious sign.”
I pulled back and looked at him like he’d told me he was from the future. “You’ve got to be kidding me.”
“What do you mean?” He looked genuinely confused. Beautifully, blissfully unaware.
“Because you’re…Tyler, you’re so amazing that some days I can’t believe you’re even real. You’re beautiful and kind, loyal, strong. You’re funny and smart and just …you’re the ultimate. And you could have had Adrienne Christie, who’s an actual goddess. You left your date with a goddess and came back here and kissed me.” I shook my head. “It doesn’t make any sense that you’d want me.”
He stroked my cheek, his dark eyes soft. “Maybe not in your universe, but it makes perfect sense in mine.” He brought his lips to mine again, and I melted like a pat of butter in his arms. When he broke away, he said, “Come here,” and grabbed me around the waist like I was sack of sugar. He carried me to the couch and sat down with me straddled across his lap.
I looked into his eyes, not entirely certain as to how I’d come to this point and even less certain as to what was next. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Maybe he’d only wanted a kiss. Maybe he didn’t want more from me than what he’d taken already. Maybe he just wanted to have sex and get it out of his system before he ditched me. My heart sank at the thought.
“What happens now?” I asked, trying to breathe through the anxiety, looking into his eyes for answers.
“What do you want, Cam?”
“To kiss you again,” I answered quietly, honestly.

Although they are perfect for each other, Cam still has her doubts about their relationship. And despite Tyler's constant reassurance, she finds it hard to believe that a guy like Tyler could want a girl like her. I found this to be the most frustrating part of the book, but it did give Tyler lots of opportunity to be his swoon-worthy self. And you can't really be mad at that!

While reading this book, almost all of my social media posts were emoji filled raves in all capital letters. You will laugh. You will cry. You will want to throat punch a certain character because he is a total asshat. You will say to yourself "A straight guy who reads romance and his name is Jett? TELL ME MORE STACI HART." You will get that warm and fuzzy feeling more than once because the cuteness just doesn't stop. And your heart will hurt with the perfection that is Tyler and Cam's relationship. 

Gah! I just want to live in this book. Or wrap it around me and wear it like a blanket on cold winter day. This is a must read for Staci Hart fans and pretty much anyone who breathes.

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.

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